East Providence was scheduled to open its Emergency Operations Center early Monday morning to coordinate Hurricane Sandy activities designed "to ensure the safety of our citizens during the storm," according to Wayne Barnes, deputy EMA director.
Barnes advised residents Sunday evening on the following:
- Wind speeds of 30-50 mph with gusts to as high as 70 mph are expected during the height of the storm on Monday afternoon and evening. Damage to trees and power lines is expected as are widespread power outages, which could in some cases last for several days to a week.
- Moderate to major coastal flooding is forecast for upper Narragansett Bay. A storm surge of up to 3.5 feet is expected at morning high tide a little after 8 am. The Monday evening high tide at 8:36 pm will be the highest, with that tide expected to run 6 to 7 feet higher than normal.
- The Tuesday morning high tide at around 9 am will be up to 3 feet higher than normal. It is expected that some homes that are low to tidewater will be flooded, particularly during the evening high tide, and that some evacuations may be necessary.
- There is also concern for some erosion of the bluff along the west shoreline of Riverside. This is forecast to be the worst episode of coastal flooding for East Providence since at least Hurricane Bob in 1991.
- Rain will be heavy at times with localized street flooding, but notable flooding of rivers and streams is not expected at this time.
- The American Red Cross will operate a shelter at the Primrose Hill School in Barrington, 60 Middle Highway. The shelter was scheduled to be opened at 7 pm Sunday.
- East Providence willl operate a local shelter at East Providence High School starting Monday at 7 am.
- Sand bags and sand are available at the Central Garage at 60 Commercial Way. This is a self-service facility.
- Residents are asked to use 911 as the primary number for all emergencies.
- The usual Monday trash pick-up in Rumford will take place, but earlier than usual to allow residents to retrieve their containers as early as possible in the day.
Check the East Providence website, www.eastprovidenceri.net, and Patch for updated information.